Glenn Smith did his graduate studies in Patristics at the Université d’Ottawa and his doctoral thesis on contextual theologies at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He received an honorary doctorate from the Union des Universitées Privées d’Haïti for his contribution to urban theological practice in the country.
He has been the Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montreal since 1983 – a multi-faceted ministry committed to the spiritual transformation by Jesus Christ of all of life in the cities of the Francophone world. He is a professor of global urban missional theologies at the Montréal School of Theology at McGill University and the Institut de Théologie pour la Francophonie associated with Université Laval in Québec.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of IVCF: Canada since 2006. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Executive Committee of IFES and its vice-chair. He is also the chair of the Board of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.
He co-authored Espoir pour la ville; Dieu dans la cité (Hope for the city, God in the city), Éduquer les enfants: une vision protestante de l’éducation; L Histoire du protestantisme au Québec depuis 1960 and is the editor of The Gospel and Urbanization, a 3,500 page reader that is into its 5th edition in French and English on urban ministry.
He also wrote Following Jesus: God Invites us to Transformative Discipleship, which was published in English, French and Spanish. His forth-coming book is entitled City Air Makes You Free. He has also written numerous articles on urban mission.
Glenn is married to Sandra and together they have three married daughters, Jenna, Julia and Christa, and two granddaughters.